Even though a faded glow won't burn through all your bars
You put out to put up
Even while your lightning smile was shaking in the smoke
Your head was full of hope

Because I am a member of the butterfly culture
Where we work and we take
We play and we pray to God
That the girl in that dress will undress
And distress you with the way that she moves

Even now when you know how to measure up the risk
You're still not tired of this
Even when the pills you take turn you to a ghost
You still spin around the most

Because I am a member of the butterfly culture
Where we work and we take
We play and we pray to God
That the girl in that dress will undress
And distress you with the way that she moves

I am a member of the butterfly culture
Where we work and we take
We play and we pray to God
That the girl in that dress will undress
And distress you with the way that she moves


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Butterfly Culture song meanings
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    My InterpretationObviously I don't know BFL personally so I couldn't say this is accurate but I'm pretty sure I got it.
    A butterfly is an insect that once it has left it's cocoon it has a very short life span of less than a week, it is also a very beautiful creature, i think BFL is trying to talk about something that is beautiful but lasts for a very short amount of time.
    He is talking about being an older teenage boy... 'where we work and we take, we play...' reffering to the shallowness of the modern teenage boy that only takes and seeks to have fun but never gives apart from for money at work.
    When he talks about praying to God that 'the girl in that dress will undress and distress you with the way that she moves' he is evidently referring to a man's sexual desire.
    In conclusion I believe he is saying that he lives in a shallow culture where one night stands are the norm and that sex is something beautiful but it has lost it's meaning and the romance is soon gone and people will move on to the next partner very quickly.
    That is my take on these lyrics.
    LottieLooon January 19, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis is one of my favourite songs, because it is just soo beautiful.
    I believe this song represents depression. Well, Benjamin is singing to a person with depression/who is suicidal. Throughout the whole song, he sings about admiring people with depression, because even when they have been through so much, they're still breathing, putting out to put up. How their head is still full of hope, after all they have been through.
    Butterflies represent hope and peace, and I think Benjamin is trying to show how he talks to his friends who have suffered form depression, trying to cheer them up, trying to make it better. This makes him the part of the butterfly culture, where he works to make his friends feel better, he plays to cheer them up, and he prays for them to get through.
    "the girl in that dress will undress, and distress you with the way that she moves"
    the girl undressing represents her putting all her cover ups away and revealing all her secrets to you. her, distressing with the way she moves represents how they amaze him with so much they have been through, yet they still survived, which distresses Benjamin.
    kirawoon December 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationOkay, here's my shot at it. This song is relatively about a girl selling herself to buy drugs which are slowly killing her. BFL knew her before she became a prostitute/stripper and she was and still is (at this time) a very sweet person, and he cares about her. I mean this could also be him generally singing about people who do this to get money, and he might've wrote it out for sympathy.
    thatonekiwion August 20, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that the song points to the transition of puberty and the emphasis placed on sex at that pont. The first verse speaks to the awkardness of that point in life but also the expectations to "put up and put out" to fit in and also the hope of a younger person. The butterfly is often a symbol of rebirth or transition into the next phase of life. Despite the work and play of a teenage boy, the most important thing often seems to be women-enough that they might figuratively pray to god that they can get one. All of the stresses of school, social anxiety, etc. seemingly go away if you can get the girl.
    cald22wellon December 11, 2015   Link

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